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Town of Bristol, University Celebrate Initiatives Supported by Fund for Civic Activities

November 18, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – More than 60 people representing local nonprofits and community organizations gathered today at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center in Bristol to join Town Administrator Antonio A. Teixeira, Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish and members of the 12-person Town / University Cooperative Committee to celebrate the impact of the Fund for Civic Activities initiative, which has awarded nearly $200,000 in University-provided grant funds to some 130 projects since 2007.

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University Extends Unprecedented Tuition Freeze and Guarantee

November 16, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of unveiling a new core purpose, core values and university goal, Roger Williams University has once again committed to continuing its Affordable Excellence initiative for both its undergraduate and law students as a proactive measure against increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing higher education today.

At the undergraduate level, this means the University’s tuition freeze (which has locked tuition at $29,976 since 2012) and four-year guarantee (which can save students as much as $15,000 by ensuring that tuition will not increase during a student’s time on campus) now extend through the 2016-17 academic year.

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Our Racial Moment of Truth: Pulitzer Prize Winner Isabel Wilkerson to Visit RWU on Dec. 3

November 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With the high-profile killings of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of police and civilians, protests are mounting and debates intensifying. These events have left many people asking just how far the nation has really come since the days of Jim Crow – and the need for dialogue has never been more acute.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson – a leading voice in the national conversation about race and equality – will address these issues and more as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University. Members of the campus community and the public are invited to spend an evening with Wilkerson for a presentation titled “Our Racial Moment of Truth,” in which she will examine the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and how history can inform our work to resolve it.

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Bingo For A Cure

Join SAFE for a night of BINGO on World AIDS Day to raise funds for the House of Hope homeless shelter here in Rhode Island! Hosted by drag queens Ms. Kitty Litter and LaDiva Jones, it's sure to be a memorable night. Come have some fun and win prizes!

2015 Cohort of Mr. RWU Contestants Spearhead Creative Fundraising Efforts to Win Beloved Competition and Raise Money for Children's Miracle Network

November 20, 2015

Bristol, R.I. – From serenading strangers in Upper Commons to meeting delivery orders for chocolate chip pancakes in the library, there is nothing this year’s cohort of nine undergraduate men won’t do to be named the next Mr. RWU.

One of the University’s longest-standing and most popular campus traditions, the Annual Mr. RWU Spectacular allows students to nominate contestants that then campaign for eight weeks to win votes and collect donations that support the Children’s Miracle Network at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

University Awards $12K in Grants to Community Organizations in Bristol

November 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year “memorandum of understanding” accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee has awarded $11,550 in grant funds to 10 local nonprofits and organizations.

The awards conclude the 14th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $194,451 to support nearly 130 projects and initiatives.

Selections are made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, which comprises individuals from both the Town and the University. The complete list of awards for this grant cycle includes:

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CVS Health, RWU Celebrate Success of Expanded Professional Development Collaboration

November 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – On Monday, Nov. 2, leaders from CVS Health joined Roger Williams University to celebrate the conclusion of the professional development program, CVS Health: Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers and presented certificates to 10 diverse business owners who completed the curriculum.

Created by the Professional Education Center at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies, the Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers is an executive development program that offers training opportunities for diverse business leaders to expand their capacity, skill level and growth potential in areas such as marketing, finance and human resources.

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RWU Faculty Member Andrew Rhyne Named Finalist in Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

November 2, 2015

Bristol, R.I. – From hunting trophies to museum and zoo exhibits, port inspectors with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are responsible for processing hundreds of thousands of wildlife shipments each year. Yet the laborious and time-consuming process of cross-examining shipments to their lengthy paper invoices has a created a blind spot for port agents, allowing illegal trade smugglers to import endangered species such as corals and endangered fish.

Andrew L. Rhyne, associate professor of marine biology in the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences at RWU and research scientist at the New England Aquarium, says illegal wildlife trade dealers are able to take advantage of high-volume ports such as New York or Los Angeles, where agents have to prioritize time-sensitive legal trade items.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Join the Student Veterans Alliance, Military and Veterans Law Association, Cramer's Saber Battalion ROTC cadets and President Donald Farish in honoring our veterans with a ceremony in the Global Heritage Hall Atrium. Please join us in honoring those within our community who have served. The ceremony will include remarks by Dr. Farish, invocation by the Reverend Nancy Soukup, a performance by student group Drastic Measures, and serving as master of ceremonies will be ROTC Advisor, Prof. Michael Fowler. Keynote speaker will be third-year law student D. Thomas Peterson. Tom Peterson is a retired Naval Officer. He graduated from the Naval Academy and the US Naval War College and served 22 years in the United States Navy with distinction. For more information, contact Michael Fowler at or (401)254-3678. With rain in the forecast, the ceremony will be held in the GHH Atrium in lieu of its original outside location.